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Drought Worsens For Several Farming States Despite Cooling Temperatures
2012-08-24 09:35:27

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online While cooler temperatures and rainfall have eased drought conditions in some areas around the country, many farming states continue to feel the pinch of the worst US dry spell to hit in more than fifty years. A new drought report released Thursday details the current conditions across the country, with severe to exceptional drought still occurring in much of the Midwest. The US Drought Monitor´s weekly map showed that as of...

2010-07-09 14:34:00

No Statewide or Regional Declarations in Effect HARRISBURG, Pa., July 9 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Department of Environmental Protection and other state and federal agencies continue to monitor water and moisture levels throughout Pennsylvania to assess the severity of dry conditions that would signal the beginning of a drought. Although much of the state saw very hot weather earlier this week and many areas have received little significant precipitation in recent weeks, no drought...

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2009-10-02 10:27:21

Others Were Far Worse; Population, Planning Are the Real Problems A 2005-2007 dry spell in the southeastern United States destroyed billions of dollars of crops, drained municipal reservoirs and sparked legal wars among a half-dozen states"”but the havoc came not from exceptional dryness but booming population and bad planning, says a new study. Researchers from Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory defied conventional wisdom about the drought by showing that it was...

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2009-08-20 06:50:00

On Wednesday, the World Meteorological Organization said that an El Nino current now in the Pacific Ocean would last until 2010, promising unpredictable disruption in weather patterns around the world. The WMO said that in June and July, sea surface temperatures in the eastern equatorial Pacific area were about 0.5 to one degree Celsius warmer than usual at this time of the year. "The expectation is for El Nino conditions to very likely prevail through the remainder of 2009 and into the...

2008-10-02 18:00:14

Weather forecasts are predicting rain in all parts of the state on Friday and in some parts on Saturday. In preparation for the first rain of the season, Lester Snow, the director of the California Department of Water Resources, issued the following statement today: "Weather forecasters are predicting rain this week in both Northern and Southern California. However, it is important for Californians to understand that a small rainstorm will not end our water problems. We will still be in a...

2008-09-23 15:00:17

The Department of Water Resources will hold a workshop in Santa Rosa on October 9, 2008, to summarize current water conditions and preparations for the possibility that 2009 may be a dry year. The workshop will begin at 10 am; location information and the agenda are below. Santa Rosa State Building 50 D Street, room 410 Santa Rosa Opening remarks & statewide water conditions Meteorological...

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2008-09-02 13:20:00

The Australian government's top water official said on Tuesday that drought in Australia's main food growing region of the Murray-Darling river system has worsened, with water inflows over the past two years at an all-time low. Irrigated crops such as rice, grapes and horticulture are expected to be hit the hardest by the drought, but it would have less impact on output of wheat, which depends largely on rainfall during specific periods and is on track to double after two years of shrunken...

2008-07-11 09:00:31

By Kathy Marks The drought in Australia's main food bowl, the Murray-Darling Basin, has worsened, with record low inflows into the river system in June and an even gloomier situation predicted for the coming months. Neil Plummer, acting head of the National Climate Centre, described rainfall during the southern hemisphere autumn as "an absolute shocker", and said: "I'm gasping for good news". Wendy Craik, chief executive of the Murray-Darling Basin Commission, said the river system's...

2008-06-20 09:00:17

By NATASHA ROBINSON By Natasha Robinson The Associated Press RALEIGH Almost all of North Carolina is now in a drought, the U.S. Drought Monitor reported Thursday. The report shows 97 percent of the state in some form of drought, up from 65 percent last week. Conditions are worse in the southwestern part of the state, where seven counties are under "exceptional" drought, the most severe category. Conditions could get worse because the state never recovered from its last drought,...

2008-06-19 12:00:46

Wheat farmers in Australia, one of the world's biggest exporters of the grain, raced this week to plant their fields, gambling that recent rain would lead to one of the best crops on record and put an end to seven hard years of drought. In one of the biggest Australian grain belts in New South Wales State, wheat farmers struggling with years of losses were once again ploughing and sowing their fields around the clock, encouraged by a few weeks of steady rain and forecasts for a rebounding...